Mercedes-Benz is now selling its all-electric premium van EQV 300 in Europe, the second EV to emerge from the automaker's initiative to produce a range of battery-powered models under its new EQ brand.
A concept version of the EQV was first shown in March 2019. In contrast to so many concepts that are intended for non-existence, this was marked for series production. The EQV can accommodate up to eight people and is aimed at customers who want a more luxurious ride. The base price of 71,388 euros (approx. $ 78,359) gives an indication of who Mercedes is targeting.
Mercedes markets this to families, upscale adventurers and corporate customers who may be looking for a shuttle vehicle. The vehicle seats can be configured in different ways to meet different customer requirements. It can also be customized for packages, not for people.
The EQV has a compact electric drivetrain on the front axle that produces 150 kW or 201 hp, as well as a 100 kWh battery and can travel an estimated 418 km according to European WLTP standards. The company also presents its MBUX infotainment system in the EV, which has a number of technical functions, including a self-learning voice control system with connectivity functions.
Mercedes sells the EQV 300 and a version with a longer wheelbase called AVANTGARDE. In addition to the V-Class and the Mercedes-Benz Vito, both are manufactured at the company's plant in Vitoria, northern Spain.
The van comes with a four-year maintenance schedule that covers the battery for up to 160,000 km or eight years. Buyers also receive the company's navigation services free of charge for 36 months and EV Charger Ionity membership for one year. The owners also have free access to Mercedes me Charge for one year. The function shows the charging infrastructure network in Europe and enables users to start, stop and pay for the charging process via the Mercedes me app, a credit card or via the media display in the vehicle.
Mercedes announced its technology brand "EQ" in 2016. Since then, the company has presented several EQ-related concepts as well as its first production vehicle, the EQC SUV with electric drive. The company previously announced it would invest more than $ 12 billion in the production of a range of battery-powered models under its new EQ brand, and another $ 1.2 billion in global battery production.